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India's Love Lyrics

Laurence Hope

Book Overview: 

The poetry of Adela Florence Cory aka Violet Nicolson, is some of the most unique and passionate in the English language. Under the pen name of Laurence Hope, her works were extremely popular in the early years of the 20th century, inspiring popular music, lovers, silent films and even the creation of Shalimar perfume. Her work wades fearlessly into issues of racism, same sex attraction, violence and taboo love, but also transports the reader to a vibrant India of another era, with it's exotic peoples, flora, fauna, folklore and larger than life landscapes and intrigues.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Protect that sleep, which I may watch no more, I, the cast out, dismissed and dispossessed. Far in the hillside camp, in slumber lies What my worn eyes worship but never see. Happier Stars! your myriad silver eyes Feast on the quiet face denied to me. Loved with a love beyond all words or sense, Lost with a grief beyond the saltest tear, So lovely, so removed, remote, and hence So doubly and so desperately dear! Stars! from your skies so purple and so calm, That through the centuries your secrets keep, Send to this worn-out brain some Occult Balm, Send me, for many nights so sleepless, sleep. And ere the sunshine of the Desert jars My sense with sorrow and another day, Through your soft Magic, oh, my Silver Stars! Turn sleep to Death in some mysterious way.

Reminiscence of Mahomed Akram I shall never forget you, never. Never escape Your memory wove. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A wonderful ecclectic collection of poems. Beautiful.

There were a few that were romantic and beautiful. Some i did not understand and a number that were quite dark. It wasn't bad but not what I was expecting.

It would be easy enough to dismiss these poems as Late Romantic ‘Orientalism’—which, to be sure, they are—but that does not address the question of their actual worth as poetry.
And the answer to that is that they are mixed. There is beauty and there is inanity, sometimes mingled in the same poem. Th

Love lightly >

3 1/4 stars

The first few poems in this series are actually a bit hamstrung and difficult to get through, after that, it's touch and go. They seem to be set in a mixed style of The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam, and Shakespeare (Often written in Couplets). There are some amazing lines, throughout, but no real "Perfec

Excellant narration!

Seriously. This data base has every book I've ever read. I'm completely humbled.

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